Iron Fly - Lander, WY

Iron Fly - Lander, WY Dec 3 6:30 @ Lander Bar's Coalter Loft

Some winter fishing in the WNC

One of those lazy fishing destinations.  You could fish from the window,
but those who get out and explore are usually rewarded.
My 10' 4wt S4.  So much fun to nymph with it.

Spring doesn't actually begin for another few days, but it seems that Winter has relented it's grasp on Western North Carolina for the time being.  With a low 50's morning, I made a run for a the Nantahala Gorge.  The gorge was quiet.  The recent rain has muddied up the water, but I wasn't going to let that stop me.

I can't remember the last time I got to use one of my favorite rods - a 10 foot Scott S4 in 4wt.  I strung it up, shook off the dust and started throwing a size 10 Prince nymph with an 18 RS2 dropper and focused on a nice looking run.  After a handful of casts, I wasn't seeing anything and wondered if the conditions weren't in my favor.

I took a break and had a seat on a good sized rock.  I looked at the water and thought about my technique.  The pressure on this river can get heavy, but this isn't a popular time to be out.  Are these fish really that educated?  I thought about my presentation and resolved to really work on my mending.  It's all about that perfect drift.  A good natural presentation is key.

I got back into the water, tossed some line out and mended the line.  There was my fish.  It was waiting for me to bring my game.  A few more casts and a few more fish and the hole was pretty much cheesed up for the morning.  I made my way up and down the river for a while and decided to call it a morning.  No one else ever showed up which made it a bonus outing.

Delayed Harvest in WNC.  The throngs of people have been here and decimated the stockers.  The fish still here have wised up to the parade of bugs.  They're looking for your "A" game.

Never had to touch this little fella.  Barbless hook popped out in the net, so I took the time for a quick photo.

Looks fishy, eh?

Fishing in the gorge is beautiful.

Fish usually don't live in ugly places.